EXAT7006 (Core)

Professional practice and ethics in expressive arts therapy

Expressive arts therapists constantly have to act in ways that take into account what is best for their clients, agencies, and society. When sessions do not go according to prescribed plans, there is a need to make decisions in ambiguous situations when multiple courses of action may be considered beneficial or detrimental depending on the context. By analyzing the codes of ethics of leading expressive arts therapy associations alongside the codes of practices of other disciplines that guide practice in Hong Kong, students will understand how to use them to inform their practice. There will be specific emphasis on core matters related to expressive arts therapy, such as confidentiality, duty to warn and protect, progress notes, storing artwork, and maintaining records. The course will encourage students to think critically, while acting intentionally, especially in the face of needing to adhere to multiple sets of ethical codes and in various work settings. Assessment: 100% coursework